• For 36 years, the State College Area School District’s Safe School Plan has evolved by drawing on broad input that allows it to incorporate a comprehensive perspective. In 1986, plans began for a traumatic events procedure, which led to our first Board Policy on the issue three years later. Since then, the plan has continued to emphasize crisis response, but over time also encompassed developmental, prevention, intervention, and risk reduction initiatives.

    In the early 1990s, mediation and conflict resolution became part of our effort, and within a few years, each of these strategies were becoming more a part of the school support program. Toward the end of the decade, conflict resolution emphasis was included in the regular curriculum in various areas across all grades.

    In more recent years, we have begun to take measures to provide more security in the schools with expanded school security staff, school resource officers, and school-based probation officers.

    Our strategic plans called for safe, secure and nurturing school environments. This safe school plan is based upon our history since 1986 and the profound commitment contained in our strategic plans.

    The Citizens’ Advisory Committee provides an advisory service to the Board of School Directors and the administration through the superintendent.

    The Safety in the Workplace Committee focuses on safety issues from water quality to playground equipment.

    The School Health and Wellness Committee  supports the psychological and physical well-being of all students, in addition to providing a process to integrate decision-making and collaboration to support healthy children and youth; fostering cooperation by building consensus and trust between teachers, staff, family, and community members; and   supporting the health and wellness of students and schools, which will ultimately result in improved academic achievement.

    The Security Committee focuses on scrutinizing facilities and practices. It provides information regarding a broad array of security issues of importance to schools.

    The Traumatic Events Teams consist of staff members who serve in the event of a traumatic event impacting a district site. These teams rehearse in advance and meet on an ongoing basis to maintain a readiness to respond when called upon.

    Membership on various committees and the traumatic events teams is determined by the Board of School Directors, superintendent, administration or by state or federal regulations.

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